It Was God!

I started as I read these words this morning:

So it was God who sent me here, not you! Genesis 45:8a 

These words were spoken by Joseph after he revealed his identity to his brothers. He told them not to be angry at themselves for brutally attacking him and then selling him as a slave. Huh? Joseph had come to the realization that it was God who had sent him to Egypt in order to preserve the lives of both himself and his family.

This is contrary to a common message in pulpits across America which often blatantly declares that if you follow Jesus Christ you will never face trouble in this world. If you have trouble, if you are sick, if you do not have a fat financial portfolio God is either displeased with you or you do not have enough faith. It is a common enough message but is it biblical?While the Bible plainly tells us that God will deliver us, heal us and provide for us, it also tells us something else. It tells us that we will have trouble and afflictions. Hebrews 11 speaks of miracles but it also speaks of calamities which fall upon those who follow God. 

The truth is, sometimes being moved into the right position is painful and involves suffering. That's what happened to Joseph. In order to get into the right position to preserve his family, Joseph had to go to Egypt. Could God have simply commanded Joseph to go and when he arrived could God have simply caused Pharoah to be moved to give Joseph his position? Sure but that wasn't the way God did it. For reasons only fully known to God, Joseph had to experience rejection, betrayal, capitivity, false accusation and imprisonment in order to move into the right position. If that has a familiar ring to it, it should for that is also what had to happen to Jesus in order to get into position on the cross. 

We must never forget this truth. While it was not God who attacked Joseph or sold him into slavery nor did God betray Jesus and nail him to the cross, God did use the actions of others as a means to bring about His purpose. In other words, He transformed that which was meant to do evil into good. 

When we understand that God truly directs our steps, we live like it whether we are walking down a garden path or stumbling through the valley of the shadow of death. We realize that God really will never leave us or forsake us. Therefore, we know that God is with us and we remember:

Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5b

 

Blessings!

K :princess:

Scripture quotation taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

 

 

Nancy Stank @nancystank ·

Oh K! What a powerful message! I needed this this morning.

Donna Wuerch @dwuerch ·

Thank you, K! After reading your comment, not only do you have the first hand experience to prove this word, but you are living out Romans 8:28 "All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purposes"! Indeed, my dear, you have been called.
Love and blessings to you!

Donna Wuerch @dwuerch ·

Thank you, K! After reading your comment, not only do you have the first hand experience to prove this word, but you are living out Romans 8:28 "All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purposes"! Indeed, my dear, you have been called.
Love and blessings to you!